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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

35TH Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March and Celebration January 21st in Bedford

BEDFORD - JANUARY 12, 2024 - The City of Bedford has celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King for over 34 years. The first event held in 1989.

Clarence Brown being 35 years of age himself when the late Bedford Mayor John Williams gave his blessing for the first Unity march.

Photo: The Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Service has been held at the Lawrence County Courthouse for 34 years

The event falls on the third Sunday in January with last year's event falling on Dr. King's birthday.

The event is held in all kinds of weather conditions whether it be rain, snow, cold weather or perfect weather.

Photo: Bedford Mayor Sam Craig marches around the courthouse square in a Unity March in 2019

The event will begin at the Lawrence County Courthouse with scripture reading, prayers, spiritual songs, and various speakers.

Photo: A march around the courthouse square with singing

Then the program will move outside with a march around the square then on to the Stonegate Arts and Education Building.

Photo: Former Bedford Mayor Shawna Girgis speaks at the Martin Luther King Unity celebration a couple years ago

Many schools are closed this Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. legacy. Many communities having a call to service.

" Dr.King said everyone can learn how to serve," said Brown, in a interview on Friday morning.

" I hope we all get better at loving one another and praying for one another," Brown concluded.

The live interview with Clarence Brown is available on the Lawrence County Zephyr Facebook page.

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